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Makapuu to Hawaii Kai. Whales !!??

Aloha Paddlers,

We’ve had outstanding paddling weather this last week and the forecast says it's going to continue thru the weekend, which will be great for our paddle on Saturday. 

Our paddle this coming Saturday, March 8,  will be around the South end of the Island, and is one of the most spectacular trips on our route around Oahu.i

The area on this route, from Makapuu to Hawaii Kai, is always wonderfully scenic  as we get to paddle past the huge Sea-cliffs at Makapuu point where we’ll enjoy spectacular views, cool little coves to explore along the route, a rest stop at either Allan Davis, or Cockroach Cove(where they filmed the beach scene in the movie "From here to Eternity”  the toilet bowl(conditions permitting), and last but not least the 2nd set of sea-cliffs going around Koko Head.  Much of this area  people just don’t get to see if they aren’t paddlers cause it’s not accessible from the road, and most paddlers don’t get to see it unless they organize an outing something like ours. 

This is also a route where we sometimes see plenty of whale activity along the way. 

 It’s a 8.5 mile paddle so it should be about 3   hours of paddling, and if you’re prone to sea-sickness, ya better take something for it on this route.  If the wind and surf are down for this trip,  it’ll be easy enough for our newer paddlers to start or end their paddle at Sandy beach, which comes fairly close to cutting the course length in half.  Ya wouldn’t want to do that though if there is much surf on the South Shore, so if it’s your plan to do that, I suggest you call for the surf report[masked] #3)  and drive by there and have a look at it before you meet at the put-in point. 

Presently, the weather forecast is calling for winds between 5 and 20 MPH, which usually means the winds will average around 10-15 mph which should make for a nice day for a pleasant paddle.

However, we always suggest that everyone check the weather forecast on the morning our our paddles and make sure the conditions are within your capabilities.  if the weather forecast calls for winds over 20 MPH on this route the ocean off the cliffs of Makapuu and Koko head gets pretty sloppy.  For the weather forecast on the morning of the paddle, you can call[masked] #2 to get wind speeds and press #3 for the surf report for the South end of the Island.   

So, here’s the plan….We’ll be meeting at Baby Makapuu(directly accross from Sea Life Park) at 8:00 AM.  We'll leave to shuttle the cars to Hawaii Kai at 8:20, and we should be paddling away at 9:00- 9:15 AM.  We can plan on finishing up around 1PM, depending on how much we hang out at the rest stops. 

OK, gang, this is a really spectacular route, so let’s all pray for light winds and low surf, and I’ll see you there!

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  • Bob

    Great paddle. conditions were good with light following wind, and small enough swell to have fun without being scary, and got to stop at toilet Bowl for a while, with a fun group of paddlers. Great way to spend a Saturday morning!

    March 12, 2014

  • Veronique

    Beautiful cliffs and caves, fun kayak surfing, friendly people and great organizer.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Steve

    Have to back out Bob. Malfunction in the house I have to stay home and fix.

    March 7, 2014

  • Jen

    Anyone want to share a double?

    February 2, 2014

    • Jen

      Oops, wasn't finished. Problem is: I can't bring a kayak on my car. Can you bring it on yours? And if so, would you prefer pickup Friday or Saturday? Bob is going to post something soon about details (for all of you wondering what's happening) and his number is[masked]-5656. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

      March 6, 2014

    • Jen

      Hey Jackie, give me a call when you get a chance. [masked]

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Do I need my own kayak for this meetup or is there somewhere you all would recommend renting one?

    March 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob, Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately, after looking over my work schedule I don't think kayaking is going to be possible for me this weekend :( I will def be in touch with you in the future tho :)

      March 6, 2014

    • Bob

      Bummer, this is a unique paddle, but, work must come first :( See ya next time!

      March 6, 2014

  • Veronique

    Same for us!

    February 28, 2014

    • Bob

      Hope to see you guys on this coming paddle.

      March 6, 2014

  • Steve

    Do we have a plan yet?

    March 6, 2014

    • Bob

      Yo Steve, I just posed it, have a look and I'll see ya Saturday!

      March 6, 2014

  • Bob

    HI Guys,
    We put tandems on top of cars every day with our big foam pads and straps. It's easy to do, so if you'd like to rent one, the staff at our store will be glad to help you with it.

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yet again something has come up and I can't make it. :-/

    March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so sad to have missed the last whale trip! Looking forward to this one!

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so sad to have missed the last whale trip! Looking forward to this one!

    January 28, 2014

  • Steve

    My wife and me on a tandem.

    December 24, 2013

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